10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour itinerary builder

Make it your trip
Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
5
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly

S M T W T F S
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 nights
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get interesting insight from Tours, explore the galleries of Galeria Estudio, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, and trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Barcelona, Spain to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Barcelona to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 1 night
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, then look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and then get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde attractions planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trip

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Keep things going the next day: learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero online vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in June, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Museums

San Jose

— 1 night
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, then catch a live performance at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our San Jose trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Tortuguero in June, expect San Jose to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Nightlife · Historic Sites · Shopping

Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.